Friday, July 31, 2015

Getting Ready For Another Year {and a FREEBIE!}



Let's talk back to school time! 

It's getting closer and closer and ready or not, soon, you'll have a new crop of kiddos just waiting to meet you!!  

While you are busy working on your classroom {or maybe still busy working on your tan} I've been busy helping you!!

I have recently bundled some great beginning of the year units together to help you get ready even quicker! I call it my 'one stop shopping' and I don't know about you but I like when things come in nice packages together!!

I have bundled together some of my essential skills units that I know you'll love! 
Take a look!!

I've included one unit for 
*Colors
*Shapes
*Letters
*Beginning of K review skills

Here is the bundle!

Here are all of the bundles individually! 

Click here to buy the bundle! 

And, just because I love everything with bright colors, I've created these cute and colorful signs that are perfect for any eager Kindergartener to hold when snapping a cute picture on the first day of school!! 
But the best part is they are FREE!! 

Click here and be sure to download them soon!


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Throwback Thursday~ Making Pins Into Magnets!

Today I'm doing a "Throwback Thursday" post!
  A few year ago I found some really cute pins that I wanted as magnets....so I changed them! Read all about it below! :)

I hope that you can find a little inspiration here to be creative too! 

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The time is here!
Tomorrow is the day the teachers in my district report back to school!

While I'm not ready for the hours and hours of Professional Development meetings, I am ready to greet all of the new kiddos! 

I've been working like a busy-working bee in my room!! 
I'm so excited with how it's all turning out! 
I was skeptical with all of the ocean decor (ocean is our school wide theme) but I think it's all starting to come together! Yay!!

A little project that I did today was unexpected but it turned out so cute!  I couldn't be happier with it!

Here's the back story: My son has been running a fever, we ran out of medicine so I decided to run by Walgreens before I went to work.  While at Walgreens, I *HAD* to walk through the school supply isle....you know that no teacher can deny a simple walk through an isle of brightly colored, nicely organized shelves of new school supplies!!!  While I was briskly walking though, I spotted the cutest pillows ever--look!!
I told you they were cute!!

After I stuffed those two pillows into my basket, I spotted my next my next great find--these adorable pins!
At first I thought they were magnets, which I was so excited about!  I always need cute magnet.  Imagine my surprise when I discovered that they were pins- whomp whomp whomp!!! (Insert sad face!)
Then it dawned on me, why don't I just MAKE them into magnets-duh!!!
So that's just what I did!

So first I turned them over and evaluated what I would need. 
I found a heavy duty metal cutter and got to work removing all of the fasteners! 
This is what they all looked like with the backing a removed. 
All the trash! 
I then got out the heavy duty magnets and the hot glue gun. 
I glued the two parts together! 
And here is the final product! 
VoilĂ !! 
They also go perfect with my new magnetic storage bags too!! Yay! 

So just remember, if you find some cute pins, it super easy to turn them into beautiful magnets!! All you need is 10 minutes, some metal cutters, magnets and some hot glue! 


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

My Rhyming Word Flip Book!

If you like flip books and you teacher rhyming words, I have just the thing for you!

As summer is slowly ending for most and school is gearing up, it's time to start thinking about some of the important skills when starting a new school year!

After you get the first few weeks (or months) of school mastered, we always dive into rhyming words! Students have heard them most of their lives in nursery rhymes and books, and now it's your chance to show them to the kids. 

I've created this flip book to help students see how rhyming words relate (most of their endings are the same). I think flip books are a great quick and easy resource for students to reference when they need a refresher about a topic or skill. 

Take a look at "My Rhyming Words" Flip Book! 
I've included 2 kinds of covers, as well as 2 variations. 
**Please note, this set contains rhyming words that end with -at, -ig, -og, and -et.**

These are just some of the pages that are included.
I've created a colored cover for you to choose....
...or a black and white cover to choose! 
Which ever fits your budget or color copying criteria!!
In this set, I created two variations to choose from as well. 

The first set allows the students to list out rhyming words on the left, draw a picture using one of those rhyming words on the right, and write a sentence with a rhyming word at the bottom. 
The second variation allows students to write twice as many rhyming words and still write a sentence at the bottom using one of those words. 
I've also included possible answers in case your brain freezes up during the lesson, which mine ALWAYS does! 

Click here to view this flip book now in my TpT store! 

And remember, you can always choose the size of the book that you want also! 
You can print it on single sheets and have the booklet almost the size of printer paper as shown below. It's rather large but may be necessary for your kiddos!
Or you can change your printer settings a bit and print two to a page, as seen below!
On my laptop (which is a MAC), you go to print, then go right below 'orientation' and choose 'layout'. Be sure to choose 2 for the 'pages per sheet' and you should be ready to print! 
Or from my desktop PC, it looks like this. Choose print, then choose the third option under page sizing which should be 'multiple'. Again, choose 2 page per page and I picked vertical for this set. Then you are ready to print! 
I hope that you and your students find this flip book useful!

My plan is to make more literacy based flip books in the near future and even bundle them together too! Be on the lookout for them soon!!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Great Beginning Of The Year Books!


Hi friends!
I wanted to give you a quick update about my mom and my recent adventures!
As you may remember, my mom was due to have her big procedure a few weeks ago. 
(Read here if you want to know about it!)

Well, I flew home, back to the States, to by her side while she had her double mastectomy. 

(This is us right before they took her back to surgery! She had such high spirits still!)
The surgery took a few hours and went great. The doctor was super pleased with the results. The pathology reported noted that there were some live cancer cells still in her body, but the doctor feels secure that he removed what was left of them and that with her upcoming treatments of radiation, she will be completely healed soon.  The days following surgery were hard to say the least, but we made it! It was hard to see my mom in such pain but I am so glad I went!! I could not imagine being so far away while she was going through all of that! 

I was home for about 3 weeks and it was so nice to see family and friends again, while nursing my mother back to health. 

Another plus to being home was that I got to visit my favorite store again- TARGET!!!! There is nothing like a Target here in England, so I was in heaven as I walked all of the isles---and I do mean ALL of them!! I made several Target trips while I was home, always finding new stuff every time I went in--my bank account can attest to that!  Among some of my awesome finds were these...great back to school books!! 

Take a look at what I found!! 
I think they would make great additions to anyone's 'first day of school' plans and classroom library! 
Be sure to check out your nearest Target, or bookstore, to add these books to your library collection! 


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Color Poems Are Here!

Happy summer guys and girls!! 
(I sure hope it's summer for you still. Please don't tell me you've started school already...and if you have, bless your heart!)

I've been keeping busy lately!!
While trying to soak up these glorious days of summer, my creative wheels have been turning. I think having recently finished my Master's Degree has given my brain some free thinking time and my creative wheels have been in motion nonstop.  

What I've been working on most recently was copying my color poems from my big color unit that I made last year! I've had so many request for them recently that I decided to pull them out and sell them as a stand alone pack. 

The big color unit I made last year was this one:
 Here is a peek of what's included!
It can be found by clicking here.

And here are the color poems that I pulled out.

And here is a sample of just a few of them!

Click here if you'd like to view them in my TpT store!

I do have to mention that I created all 11 of these poems on my own!! I'm actually very proud of how they all turned out. I think they are cute and I hope your students love them as much as I do! I think they would make a great supplement to any color unit that you teach! 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Moment That Forever Changed My Life!

Hellooooooo...
{tapping mic} Is this thing on???

Well hello there people in blog land! It's been a while since I've blogged and well, quite frankly, my world has been turned upside down since the time I took time to sit down and write a post! 

I'll go ahead and warn you that the upcoming post here has absolutely NOTHING to do with education, or a cool product or even teaching {so I won't be mad if you decide to quit reading now}. What's about to unfold in this blog post is the last 7 months of my life that has been a whirlwind....to say the least. 

Maybe you can relate....

We all have those moments in life that will stick with you for a lifetime. Those memories that you are pretty sure you'll remember, even when you're old and wondering around aimlessly. Those moments that you wish you never had to remember but you do because they become part of you and shape you in every way.  Well, one of those moments happened to me shortly after writing the last blog post before today, which was this past November.  

It was early December when my mom {in GA} Facetimed me {here in England} to chat and somewhere in the conversation, she let me know that had an upcoming mammogram appointment. I said okay and we continued on with our daily musings of everything going on between our two countries. 

A few days later she casually mentioned that her mammogram went a little differently than normal. When the nurse was using the boobie squasher machine {I have no idea the real name, that's just what we've always called it} her breast wouldn't lay just right. The nurse had a hard time getting it squash down, noticing that it was a little firm in some spots. A few days later, December 15th to be exact, was when we got the news....the nurse had in fact felt something odd....she felt cancer. The doctor didn't end up seeing much in the mammogram films but rather he acted on the nurse's notes that something wasn't right. He decided to do a biopsy to be 100% certain of what he thought it was and days later we were informed that yes {insert those dreaded words} my mom has cancer!

And not only did she have breast cancer....she had stage 3 breast cancer!

Talk about your heart stopping.

The rest of my life flashed before my eyes. The rest of my kids lives flashed before my eyes. Holidays, birthdays, vacations and every happy moment flashed before my eyes....but without my mom present! That was gut wrenching!!! It was almost more than I could bare. 

I allowed myself a few solid days of crying...which I did often. After that I made up my mind that my mom not being in my future life, wasn't an option. If she was going to fight, so was I. We would fight this battle together...miles and an ocean apart, but together nonetheless. 

She started chemo on January 15th. She had 4 doses of the REALLY bad chemo {often referred to as the 'red devil' which is red like kool-aid and makes all of your hair fall out} every other week. She then begin weekly treatments at the beginning of March that would last for 3 months!! As you can imagine, she was slap worn out!! Her body had been out through hell and she has experienced the worst side effects that you could imagine. Her last treatment was on Friday May 29th. 
(A pink boa to celebrate the last chemo!)

She is now in the resting phase. She is now letting her body try to recuperate. Her numbers need to come back up before her surgery. Her side effects are slowly fading away and even the tiniest amount of peach fuzz hair is starting to grow. Chemo is just no joke!! 
(My mom and I went I visited her in late January.)

She has a double mastectomy surgery planned for July 6th. I'll be flying back to the states a few days before that to accompany her through this next phase and thankfully I'll be able to stay for a few weeks! 

I guess I shared all of this to not only explain my blogging absence but to also let you know that there IS light at the end of a daunting cancer tunnel. While I was not the person with cancer, being a cheerleader and supporter can be very difficult too. Keeping a brave face and always offering words of encouragement {even when you aren't so sure of things} can be exhausting. So if you are the cheerleader to someone with cancer, keep going! Keep cheering and keep those Pom Poms waving. It will help more than you will ever know!! 


Cancer is a big ugly word that can be part of your life, but it doesn't have to define your life!